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Northern Development approves over $900,000 in projects across its service region

July 31, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it has approved funding for six projects totalling $919,643 throughout central and northern B.C. At their July 22 meeting, the Trust’s board of directors approved the following through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure program: $15,000 was approved for the District of Mackenzie to develop a 200-metre switchback multi-use trail from the current campground parking lot of the Mackenzie Community Campsite to Morfee Lake Public Beach. This will include the …

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Northern Development announces approval for 11 Regional Business Liaison positions

June 18, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it has approved funding for 11 positions through its Regional Business Liaison (RBL) program. This program encourages Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, local governments, community economic development entities, or regional destination marketing organizations to hire locally based talent to provide business support services for the region. Regional Business Liaison positions have been approved for the following: Community Futures Nadina Community Futures Peace Liard Community Futures Cariboo …

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New business liaison program will allow communities to provide regional business support services

May 4, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it is offering a new Regional Business Liaison (RBL) program. This program encourages Community Futures Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce, local governments, community economic development entities or regional destination marketing organizations to hire locally based talent to provide business support services for the region. Funding will be made available to support up to three regional business liaison positions per Northern Development region (Northeast, Northwest, Prince George, and Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet), for …

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Northern Development announces over $1.8 million in approved funding for economic development projects in Northern B.C.

April 29, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Development today announced the approval of $1,872,266 for 10 projects throughout its service region that seek to strengthen their communities and the economy. At its April 22 meeting, Northern Development’s board of directors approved the following projects through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program. $75,000 was approved for the Vanderhoof Flying Club for the acquisition of an airport aviation fuel system currently located at the Vanderhoof Airport. To enable present and future aviation …

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Northern Development partners with Support Local BC for gift card program to assist Love Northern BC businesses

April 27, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE B.C. – Northern Development announced today that it has partnered with Support Local BC to promote the purchase of gift cards from Love Northern BC (LNBC) businesses. Support Local BC provides a place for communities and businesses throughout the province to support each other. It connects all regions and is a platform where you can support your favourite local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use. You can choose businesses in your own community …

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Northern Development adjusts rebate program to support COVID-19-affected businesses

April 8, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE B.C – Northern Development announced today that it has adjusted the Forestry Affected Business (FAB) Consulting Rebate to include businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly named Small Business Recovery (SBR) Consulting Rebate program is designed to help businesses access the professional support they need to weather the current economic downturn. The SBR Consulting Rebate will reimburse small and medium sized businesses (operators) for contracted consulting services. Businesses that are impacted by the economic …

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Peace Region agricultural projects benefit from BC Hydro Agricultural Compensation Fund

March 30, 2020 FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Northern Development Initiative Trust announced today that nine Peace Region agricultural projects will receive approximately $190,000 in funding through the BC Hydro Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund (PACF) This is the second time grants have been awarded from the $20 million bi-annual fund, which was established in 2018. The fund reflects BC Hydro’s recognition of the role agriculture plays in the Peace River region and the potential effects of the Site C project …

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Open letter regarding COVID-19 response

Open letter to residents, communities and partners in central and northern B.C. regarding COVID-19 response March 18, 2020 With the ever increasing impact of COVID-19 on our province, we want to take this opportunity to confirm our commitment to the people and communities in central and northern B.C. We appreciate these are uncertain times and we are here to provide additional support to our recipients and partners. We encourage you to reach out to the staff at the Trust should …

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Northern Development approves over $1.4 million in economic development projects in Northern B.C.

March 4, 2020 Prince George, B.C. Northern Development today announced the approval of $1,424,018 for eight projects in its service region that seek to enhance and diversify the economy. At its February 26 meeting, Northern Development’s board of directors approved the following projects through the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program: $250,000 was approved for the Prince Rupert Curling Club for facility upgrades. These upgrades will include a full replacement of the ice making plant facility, which will comply WorkSafe regulations. The …

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Village of Clinton joins Love Northern BC

March 2, 2020 Prince George, B.C. A new community has officially joined the Love Northern BC website. The Village of Clinton, located approximately 400 kilometres south of Prince George, is now the 32nd community on the site under the official web address: www.loveclinton.com Love Northern BC began in 2011 as Small Town Love, a Quesnel-based grassroots initiative. Its purpose was to create an online platform to showcase and support local businesses competing against chain stores and online retail. In 2016, …

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Northern Development approves over $200,000 for economic development projects in McBride and Hudson’s Hope

February 24, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE Northern Development Initiative Trust today announced the approved funding of two projects under the Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) program. $144,000 was approved for the District of Hudson’s Hope for a “Light Industrial Subdivision Plan.” The overall goal of the project is to replace industrial lands that will be lost as a result of the Site C project, while providing an increase in both direct and indirect economic opportunities within the District. The proposed industrial subdivision …

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Northern Development commits $1.1 million to support business recovery and innovation in Northern B.C.

January 30, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE – Northern Development today announced its continued support of small businesses in Northern B.C. by committing $1.1 million in grant funding for 2020. The Competitiveness Consulting Rebate (CCR), along with the Northern Industries Innovation Fund (NIIF), are programs that directly support businesses in Central and Northern B.C that implement projects to create measurable economic benefit for the region. Northern Development has committed $600,000 to the CCR program and $500,000 to the NIIF program. Competitiveness Consulting …

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Northern Development releases 2019 State of the North Economic Report

Northern Development CEO, Joel McKay, presents the 2019 State of the North Economic Report at the B.C. Natural Resources Forum Thursday morning in Prince George. Report sheds light on the positive impact of major energy projects in the region, but indicates ongoing challenges in forestry and highlights the transitioning rural economy January 30, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE – The 2019 State of the North Economic Report published today highlights a wealth of new data on Northern B.C.’s key sectors, including regional …

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Northern Development introduces Business Development Internship program with Community Futures Development Corporations

From back left: Darrin Rigo, internships program manager, Northern Development; Minister Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources; Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development; and John Farrell, general manager, Community Futures Pacific Northwest. From front left: Kim Martinsen, general manager, Community Futures Nadina and Margo Wagner, chair, Northern Development. January 29, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE – Following in the footsteps of the successful Local Government and First Nations Government internship programs, Northern Development Initiative Trust has established the Business Development …

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Planned network of 47 Level 2 charging stations receives boost from Northern Development

From left: Derek Baker, director of economic development at Northern Development; Art Kaehn, chair of the RDFFG; Lara Becket, vice-chair of the RDFFG; Joel McKay, CEO of Northern Development; Janice Keyes, senior manager, community energy engagement at the Community Energy Association. January 8, 2020 PRINCE GEORGE – Northern Development Initiative Trust today announced its commitment of $192,000 towards the creation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network across central and northern B.C. Branded “Charge North”, this partnership involves 23 …

January 08,2020 | Read More »